Eisen Und Blut

Last summer, shortly after I hit town, we were strolling along the river in downtown Milwaukee when a police van went by and honked. Bigg looked at me and asked why, I say “dunno.” And off we went. Suddenly, the police van showed up again and a very large man jumped out and started coming at us. I felt pretty secure holding Bigg’s hand but wondered what was up. Then this very large stranger/cop started laughing and Bigg started laughing. Turns out this was a training friend (and of course he and I were FB friends), Eric Ratzmann.

I like how he kinda makes Bigg look normal sized. Anyways.

Eric is lifting this spring in the Relentless 2013-APF/AAPF Powerlifting meet to support the HopeKids organization. In order to raise money for Eric’s HopeKid, he has been selling an awesome T-shirt with the slogan, Eisen Und Blut.

The shirts have been popping up all over the place…McBob’s (of course)…

In the gym…

And of course back at McBob’s!

This Saturday, there is a special Fundraising Benefit for Eric’s HopeKid, Thomas Beverson. It begins at 7pm and will be held at Cloud Bar (111 W. Howard Ave. in Milwaukee.) There are some amazing raffle prizes, food, beer, and there’s sure to be plenty of Eisen Und Blut gear to grab.

If you’re in the area and free, join Eric and his pals for some great fun and support an awesome cause. We’ll be there, rockin’ the Eisen Und Blut fer shur!

“The great questions of the time will not be resolved by speeches and majority decisions—that was the great mistake of 1848 and 1849—but by iron and blood.”

Otto Von Bismarck

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About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. jep6095@gmail.com tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals of becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. Juli has been coaching teams and athletes for over 20 years. She grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. Her 4 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe has honed her coaching skills to be a top choice for you to reach your strength and conditioning goals. She is an active competitor in Weightlifting, receiving the Silver Medal in the 2016 World Master's Championship; is a Master's World Champion in Highland Games, and competes in Highlander Games. Juli will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However; tosabarbell is also for those who just wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a Professional Strongman who competes regularly with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. Matt will host many Strongman Saturdays at tosabarbell which are sure to be followed by food. Lots of food. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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